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matter are not helping everyone and could be hurting some of us. did the fed do the right thing with this stimulus? are you, a saver, getting crushed? tell me on facebook or via twitter. let's keep the conversation going. coming up later, i'll be hosting "your money." if you're bettering on obama or romney, why not put some money on it? we're going to tell you which stocks to buy depending on who you think will win. see you at 1:00 p.m. eastern. from cnn world headquarters in atlanta, this is "cnn saturday morning." new violence erupts in libya, but the message isn't hatred toward america, it's love. it's the tape that launched a thousand blogs and may have derailed a campaign. all morning, we'll look at mitt romney's comments on the 47%. an outrageous story of abused
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trust. how a nanny cam caught caretakers bullying. good morning, everyone. i'm randi kaye. it is 10:00 on the east coast. 7:00 a.m. on the west. we begin this hour in libya, where citizens speaking out in support of the u.s. and democracy have stormed the headquarters of several radical groups. hundreds marching to express their outrage at one organization has been linked to the attack on the u.s. consulate that left four americans dead. that group has denied any involvement. in a separate demonstration, at least four people have been killed and more than 70 injured in an attack on another militia. the protests come amid news that eight people including some extremists have been arrested in connection with the consulate attack. our correspondent is on the ground in benghazi.
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>> reporter: there was an initial sense of euphoria. people saying that this is the real libya, cleansed of extremists by its own people. but the situation quickly turned sinister. >> yeah, yeah, be careful. >> down the road there -- >> yeah, yeah. >> over here on the left-hand side. >> there is gunfire at a second location. this is the second location. just on the other side of this wall is the second location that we are told is being struck tonight. but contrary to what we witnessed at the first place, here, there seems to be something of a gun battle going on. we are hearing sporadic gunfire as well as other small
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explosions. the location is actually the headquarters of a battalion backed by the government. government officials came out on tv trying to urge for calm and tell people that this is not an extremist militia, but it seems few were listening. and this here is where the situation in libya gets incredibly murky. the compound that we're hearing the gunfire surrounding is battalion headquarters. her a part of the february 17th brigade that has been endorsed by the government. what the people here are telling us is that following the fervor that existed after the demonstrators initially managed to gain control over the headquarters, they're saying that people there, pro-gadhafi loyalists, moved to the crowd and managed to somehow manipulate the situation and get them to come and move towards this battalion's headquarters. they have been getting closer
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and close. it's still a very chaotic situation. exactly who is shooting at whom is unclear. there seems to be absolutely no command and control of the situation whatsoever. now to politics, and mitt romney's 2011 federal tax return that was released by his campaign late friday afternoon. here are the numbers. the romneys paid nearly $2 million in taxes off an income of nearly $14 million. that is a 14.1% rate. he paid 13.9% in 2010. the majority came from investments. here's what the obama campaign had to say afterwards, saying mitt romney took advantage of complex loopholes and tax shelters only available to those at the top. we'll talk more about the political impact of the tax return in just a few minutes. much of noise on the campaign trail has been over the republican presidential candidate's tax return. the romney-ryan campaign has rather quietly unveiled its plan to fix housing. under the plan, the government
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would sell some 200,000 foreclosed homes. it currently owns. those facing foreclosure would have easier act says to short sales. a romney presidency would overhaul fannie mae and freddie mac. romney's number two hit a bit of a speed bump during a speech yesterday. paul ryan was addressing the national aarp event in new orleans, and listen to what happened. >> the first step to a stronger medicare is to repeal obama care. because it represents the worst of both worlds. [ audience booing ] i had a feeling there would be mixed reaction, so let me get into it. >> the reaction didn't stop ryan from laying out his plan. remember, ryan appeared at the event shortly after obama spoke to the group via video conference. in his appearance, obama said the romney-ryan claims about obama care were just not true. ryan is back on the campaign trail this morning. he kicked off an event in miami
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last hour with jeb bush, and then it is on to orlando. florida senator marco rubio had a tough time getting back to washington last night. seems his american airlines flight was delayed, so he used some extra time to tweet about that. he wrote american air says maintenance problem. yet suddenly group of new passengers boarding, holding plane to get connecters on from delayed flight? and then this. delaying flight for maintenance to squeeze connecters from older flight. oldest trick in book. feel bad for crew. #cmonman. someone at the airlines apparently follows him on twitter and tweeted back afterward this. thanks for your patience, marco. we hope you have a great flight. and rubio, by the way, was headed back to washington to vote on a spending measure to fund the government through next march. the measure passed 62-30. it could have been worse, though, for marco rubio. he could have been on ann
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romney's plane. that charter flight was forced to make an emergency landing after an electrical issue caused the cockpit to fill with smoke. here's what it sounded like. >> we have an electrical issue here. we'll probably need assistance here. we've got smoke in the cabin and we're going to see the severeit of it and we'll let you know. >> the plane landed safely and no one was injured. there's a little less pain at the pump this weekend. the average price of a gallon of regular unleaded fell a little over a penny overnight to $3.82. it is the eighth consecutive drop. gotcha politics. mitt romney taped secretly during a fundraiser. will that tape hurt or maybe even help him in the long run? we'll take a closer look. but first, a question for all you political junkies watching this morning. who was the first president to ever appear on television?
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have more fiber than other leading brands. they're the better way to enjoy your fiber. lady liberty waking up with this morning there in the new york harbor. what a lovely shot. look at that water. can't get enough of that. good morning, new york. glad you're with us here on "cnn saturday morning." we've been talking about gotcha politics. hidden cameras, catching politicians off guard. here's what i'm talking about. mitt romney at a private fundraiser in may, what he said has now become big political news and has changed really the focus of his campaign. here's just a piece of it. >> 47% of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. there are 47% who are with him,
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who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they're entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it. >> let me bring in cnn contributor maria cardona. also amy holmes. that tape was the talker all week, talking about who doesn't pay taxes. then the romney campaign hit us with his 2011 tax return and we started hearing more about his last 20 years of paying taxes as well. anything surprising there for you? >> well, it's not surprising that the romneys wanted to put out their tax return so that we could stop talking about the secret video, but i think that shows just what a bad week it was when now we're talking about the tax returns, which is not a great story for romney to begin with. in terms of tax returns, not really anything surprising. we knew that he pays taxes at a much lower rate than probably you and i and amy do and the
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majority of middle class families. what is interesting that i found in there is that he actually deducted less on his charitable contributions so that he paid more in taxes to equal what he had said earlier that he would pay in taxes. which then contradicts what he had said to a reporter basically saying that he has never paid more in taxes than what is legally owed. so i think there are a lot of contradictions there and it still underscores that he can take advantage of a lot of complicated, aggressive loopholes that are available only to very wealthy americans. >> so, amy, will this ie lens people like harry reid who has been saying that romney didn't pay taxes for ten straight years? >> you're asking me if this is going to silence his partisan critic in the united states senate who would like to keep control of the united states senate? i don't think so. >> will it even silence republicans? because some have said that no matter what romney releases, that this is not going to end.
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>> you know, i think that this whole tax release thing is basically a media invention, a partisan invention. he had released two years. now he's released three years. i don't think the public is interested. gallup yesterday released a poll that was really stunning, that the u.s. trust of the media is at an all-time low. 60% of americans have little to no trust in the media, particularly now that we're going into the election season, because the media -- we're chasing these silly stories like the tax returns or the hidden videos and we're not getting to the meat and the substance of the different candidates, of mitt romney and president obama, their policies, whether they're successful or not, and what that means for the future of this country. we're focusing on the wrong things. >> all right, well, let's get back to that hidden video. we're going to talk about policy, too. we do plenty of that here, but you can't ignore what happened this week.
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that hidden video, fair game or should it be off-limits do you think? the 47% video that we're talking about. >> it's absolutely fair game, because what it does is it showed a candidate in such a can did situation, and this is why it has been so devastating to the campaign, because it showed him in a position where he frankly was not guarded whatsoever. and he talked about the 47% of those who either supported president obama -- and he conflated these two things. or those two didn't pay any taxes. but essentially, he was denigrating and talked with disdain about almost half of the country. i think what that shows is it underscored what a lot of americans have already felt about mitt romney, and that's the fact that he is completely out of touch, so does not understand what middle class families go through, what joe
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schmo american goes through every single day to struggle to make ends meet. and this is not somebody who is ever going to fight for that person. that he's essentially going to fight for the ones that make as much money as he does. >> amy what do you think? >> i think it's totally fair game to record what the candidates are saying out there, whether it's to their funders or on the campaign trail. and, in fact, i read one blogger who made the suggestion that campaigns should actually probably tape themselves so they know if these tapes are accurate, if they're in context, if they can be authenticated. i think the media had every right to air this video. but once again, it became the story of the week when you have chaos unfolding in the middle east, which basically -- for me, anyway, suggests that the president's middle east outreach was basically a complete failure, his policies have been a bust. we're not talking about that. we're talking about this video. i was talking in the green room with rich, a longtime republican
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strategist, who said actually the republic's response was 23% said it would make them more likely to vote for him and 40% said they don't care. so if you ask me about this video a week from now, most of the public won't even remember it and they don't regard themselves in this class of moochers or whatever it is that maria and others are trying to portray it. they say you know what? we do have an entitlement society and we need to do something about it because we are going over a fiscal cliff. the deficit is out of control. we need to take responsibility and have grown-ups who are willing to make hard choices. >> so very quickly -- >> and, of course, amy didn't mention the 36% of americans who said that this tape made them less likely to vote for romney. >> so very quickly, as we head into the three presidential debates coming back, getting back to policy here, would the damage that this tape has caused the romney campaign -- what does he need to be saying? >> obviously he needs to talk about the economy, creating
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jobs. he needs to talk about the deficit, which is of huge concern to so many american voters. i think foreign policy is very squarely on the table at this point. and of course, obama care, which remains unpopular, and mitt romney's response to that. mitt romney did have his own romney care in massachusetts. he's going to have to figure out how to have that conversation. >> maria, very quick final record. >> absolutely, he needs to give some specifics, which he hasn't done, which is why the video was so devastating because it filled in a lot of the things that he hasn't said in his own words. and they were not something that was very positive about his policies. >> maria cardona, amy holmes, i look forward to talking politics with you next weekend as well. thank you. syria and iran present two of the biggest candidates to the u.s. what would they do if the red line is crossed? we'll break it down.
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with iran and syria, there's much talk about where the red line is drawn and what happens if it is crossed. barbara star tells us that's where president obama and mitt romney have their differences. >> reporter: president barack obama and mitt romney agree on two crucial national security issues. iran will not be allowed to go nuclear, and syria will not use its chemical weapons.
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but if it looks like either might happen, they differ on what could trigger sending u.s. troops into action. on syria -- >> we have been very clear to the assad regime, but also to other players on the ground that a red line for us is we start saying a whole bunch of chemical weapons being around or utilized. that would change my equation. >> reporter: the white house won't say what it would do if the red line were crossed. seizing dozens of chemical weapons sites would be tough, requiring tens of thousands of troops on the ground. romney has openly called for covert action. >> i would instead of watching what's happening in syria, from a dispassionate distance, i would be leading in syria by encouraging our friends there like the turks and the saudis to provide weapons to the insurgents in syria.
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>> reporter: but he too hasn't said how or when he would use u.s. troops. the bottom line, president obama's red line, moving or using chemical weapons. governor romney advocates greater u.s. involvement now. on iran, the candidates agree. iran cannot be allowed a nuclear weapon. >> we are determined to prevent iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. >> reporter: romney has a different take. >> clearly, we all hope that diplomatic and economic pressures put on iran will dissuade them from becoming a nuclear capability nation. >> reporter: the bottom line on iran, president obama says the regime would have to take direct steps to acquire a nuclear weapon. for governor romney, the red line merely having a nuclear capability without actually moving ahead to produce a weapon. but in the case of iran, many believe the red line already has slipped. >> we said that any enrichment was unacceptable in the case of
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iran, and yet here they are with hundreds of kilograms, if not thousands, of material. >> reporter: neither candidate is advocating war with syria or iran. both of them, in fact, have expressed hope that the sanctions will work. but if the red lines get crossed, both of those countries pose serious national security challenges to the united states. barbara starr, cnn, the pentagon. trouble brewing for president obama. a newspaper article says the president may be surprised on election day because of one voting block. but our roland martin has a thing or two to say about that one. you're watching "cnn saturday morning."
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welcome back, everyone. i'm randi kaye. to politics now, and the close presidential race. let's focus for a moment on race in this race. here is the headline from an associated press story printed in the "new york daily news" and some other newspapers. some black clergies say there is no good presidential choice between a mormon candidate and one who supports gay marriage. and it's that headline that caught the attention of our roland martin. good morning. thanks for joining us. you wrote this op ed based on that ap story. what is your issue with it? obviously you don't like the headline. >> the short headline that ran was "black pastors tell congregations not to vote." when i saw that story, i saw it on a conservative website, news max, i saw hot air, i saw
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several other newspapers that i said what? i began to read the story and i realized in reading the story that a single pastor quoted said anything like that. i said i don't understand what the deal was. i called some people i know at associated press and i said hey, send me the original headline. that wasn't the original headline. the original headline said african-american christians waiver over vote. i said wait a minute, where is the proof even of that? sure you have several pastors who might say because president obama came out supporting same-sex marriage, because mitt romney is a mormon, they may have some issues, but to make this sort of broad statement that you have black christians who are waivering because of these two issues, that to me was just nonsense. >> or telling their congregation to stay home. but according to this story, you brought this up, this all centers on the gay marriage issue. here's a quote from one of the pastors in this story. it reads when president obama made the public statement on gay marriage, i think it put a question in our mind as to what
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direction he's taking the nation. i mean, roland, could this one issue really keep african-americans away from the polls on election day? >> no, no. no, it's not. bottom line is when you look at the polling data -- i mean, look, did this issue cause some serious discussion within the black community? yes. were there people who were upset? yes. there have been pastors who have said they are not going to vote for the president because of this, yes. but also, there are pastors who also say they cannot vote for mitt romney because he's a mormon. a southern baptist convention has long taught that mormonism is a cult. and so i'm sitting here going okay, i got you, but in order to lay out like it's a trend, you need to at least have some data. at least have something to back it up. show me a survey, a study, a poll that says 30, 40, 50% of black christians are considering not voting or not voting for the president because of same-sex marriage. the article said nothing like
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that. and the problem for me is this here. that people have written editorials -- they've been blasting pastors on social media for a story that simply did not support the thesis. and that's the bigs problem when you have people going who are these pastors? let's call them out. i'm going if you read the story, it doesn't back up the headline. >> yeah, sexy headline, but that's certainly not enough. i'm glad you brought up polls because we actually have a poll from nbc news "wall street journal" from early august, and if you look at the president's support, he better hope that african-americans are out to vote come election day. the african-american registered voters choice for president, we have as 94% for obama, 0% for mitt romney. another claim is that the president's support for gay marriage has dampened the enthusiasm for african-american voters is. that true? any drop in enthusiasm? >> first of all, the issue of enthusiasm is across the board in terms of democratic voters
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and african-americans overwhelmingly vote democrat. that has been the issue. democrats understand that. republicans even understand that. and have i heard that from some quarters? yes. but i have heard far more people say look, i look at a candidate in the totality, not simply this one issue. they're looking at health care, education, jobs, you name it. but also here's what's interesting. i remember a number of conservative white evangelicals who said "i cannot support mitt romney because he's a mormon" and turned right around after the primary and said okay, i'm backing mitt romney because there's no way i can back president obama. the point is there are going to be some people in america who are black, white, hispanic, asian, native american, does not matter, who say i am going to vote based upon my faith. that's the reality. but are you going to see a significant number of folks vote that way, i don't think so. i think people still are going to vote based on the issues they
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care about and not solely based upon their issue when it comes to faith. >> we certainly appreciate you setting the record straight. thank you. nice to see you. >> i appreciate it. thanks a bunch. what would military action in iran look like if the u.s. or israel decided to strike? launching missiles, land occupation, and how would iran hit back? i'll ask a top international security analyst from m.i.t. flo: every driver is different. we've got great news for them all. you can try snapshot from progressive
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military action in iran. some are beating the drum of war. others warn it could have a global consequence for the united states. but israel feels a sense of urgency to do something. negotiations aimed at curbing iran's nuclear ambitions have failed. last week on cnn, israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu warned that the u.s. must establish a clear red line that iran cannot cross with its nuclear program if it wants to avoid war. >> it's important to place a red line before iran, and i think that actually reduces the chance of military conflict, because if they know there is a point, a stage in the enrichment or other nuclear activities that they cannot cross because they'll face consequences, i think they'll actually not cross it. >> but president obama has rejected the call to lay down a line that iran could not cross. the closest white house
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spokesman jay carney would go is to repeat the phrase "the president is committed to prevent iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon." jim walsh joins us now this morning. good morning to you. you're one of a handful of americans who have traveled to both iran for nuclear issues. should they set a red line? >> i actually think they have set a red line. it's not where the israeli wants it to be. it's not as precise as he wants it to be, but the red line is there. president obama has said on repeated occasions that an iranian nuclear weapon is unacceptable. and so if they move from where they are now, which is sort of a rough capability, to a bomb decision, saying yes, we're going to take that capability and translate it into an actual working weapon, that's the red line that the president has announced and i would expect he would act at that point. >> iran has been saying all along -- it's been denying that
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it aims to build a nuclear bomb, saying that the program is for energy and medical use. the white house doesn't really believe this, does it? >> well, i think there are suspicions about the nuclear program in iran. first, that there were facilities that were being built in secret before they were revealed. and secondly that the program is actually larger than currently what they need. they don't need to produce a lot of fuel because they only have one reactor and the fuel is being supplied by the russian. any time you have no obvious use for the material producing, that raises suspicions. i want to stress that the intelligence community, the highest ranking intelligence officer in the united states has repeatedly publicly testified that iran had a bomb program, stopped it in 2003, and has not yet made a decision to restart it. so unlike iraq where they stopped the program and no one knew and thought they were still going for it, u.s. officials are confident that they have not made that key destoicision to g
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from capability to bomb. >> do you think u.s. -- do you think we'd ever see u.s. military action in iran? and if so, what would that look like? >> well, the president and the secretary of defense and a variety of american officials have repeated that old tired phrase that they won't take any option off the table. so what do they mean by that? they mean that they have active planning for the use of military force against iran if that were to become necessary. it's not necessary now, but like any good government or military, you plan for your options. so i know for a fact having spoken to high level military officers that they have a variety of plans in place. i think most of them involve the use of drones, missiles, air strikes, not u.s. troops on the ground, but attacks at specific facilities. if it were to come to that. and they're prepared to go there if that's what's needed. but no one is looking to go there if they don't have to.
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>> any chance that israel would take action without the u.s.? >> yeah, i do think there's a chance. there's a big debate in my community about how likely that is. i've been at this work on iran for over ten years, and every year, like the changing of the seasons, like it's fall today, there have been threats of an israeli strike and saying there's only a year left, we have to act, and then nothing happens. this year does feel differently, i must say. i've talked to senior officials in the pentagon, in the white house who -- and in capitol hill who think the israelis will strike, that they might strike before the u.s. election in november, and so there's a real concern that this year is different than other years. i still don't think it's going to happen, but i think the chance have increased over what they were last year. so yes, this is a real issue. it is worth talking about. >> what do you think the real cost is of a possible attack? >> yeah, you know, a lot of people talk about retaliation and this and that. i'm a guy who focuses almost all his effort on stopping the spread of nuclear weapons. my own view is that if iran is
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attacked, you will get this bomb decision that i referred to earlier. they haven't yet decided which way they're going to go on this, but i think if you hit them, they'll respond by oh yeah? we'll show you, we're going to build a bomb. i think in some ways, the worst response is that you'll avoid the very thing you're hoping to avoid. you'll get iran hell-bent on building a bomb. of all the possible consequences, that's the one i worry about the most. >> here's the thing, too. if israel goes in or the u.s. goes in or anyone else, given the landscape, is there really any way to know that we hit our targets and put an end to the program? >> well this is exactly the right question to be asking. my colleagues and i put out a report last week, unusual for washington. bipartisan, retired generals and national security advisors from both republican and democratic presidents. and the report didn't have any recommendations. but it said we have to start
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asking the questions. what is our objective? at what cost are we willing to acquire it? what the are the benefits? what's the exit strategy? everyone is talking about military strikes, but we haven't had the conversation first about is this the right way to go? will it achieve our objective? so that's what's missing here. that's what we're trying to get americans to do, republicans and democrats alike, to have this first conversation about objectives, costs, goals, because we really haven't had it yet. >> yeah, it's an important conversation, no doubt. appreciate your insight this morning. thank you. >> thank you. a story that's both heartbreaking and shocking. a developmentally disabled man being harmd by the very people who were supposed to protect him. don't miss endless shrimp. try as much as you like, anyway you like. like new teriyaki grilled shrimp for just $14.99! my name is angela trapp, and i sea food differently.
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i need to warn you. in our next story about bullying, some of the video may disturb you. it allegedly shows two care givers physically abusing a severely autistic man. now those men have been criminally charged. here's our affiliate in san diego. >> from a layperson's standpoint, it's obvious that these acts on jamie were beyond any level of professional care a care giver would give and were therefore criminal acts. >> reporter: these men kept their heads down as they entered not guilty pleas to felony counts of abusing an autistic man. >> the acts captured on video
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caused jamie unjustifiable pain and mental suffering. >> reporter: both men were captured on a so called nanny cam that they up in their child's bedroom. >> purging janie the stopage. punching him in the face. twisting of the arms. applying body pressure, body weight on jamie's body. >> reporter: according to court documents, garrettson is connected to 64 incidents of the alleged abuse caught on camera. investigators say mcduffy was engaged in 66 incidents. >> the defendants in this case preyed on a vulnerable victim, a person who could not speak and defend himself. as such, both of them are a danger to the community. if they can do this to a vulnerable victim, what would stop them from doing it to somebody else in our society? >> reporter: after reviewing hundreds of videos, prosecutors say they were convinced horrible was happening to the victim at
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the hands of those who were trusted to take care of him. >> we wouldn't file these charges unless we could prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt, and from the videotapes that we've seen, we find them to be criminal in nature. what i did see i found to be very disturbing. i was very shocked and angered from an internal stomach gut feeling standpoint and i can only imagine what his parents went through. >> horrible to see that happening to that man. it is important to note that it was the defendant's first court appearance. we have not heard from their attorneys. but this is not the first run-in with the law for care giver michael garrettson. san diego affiliates report he was on trial for second-degree murder for an infant boy that died under his care in the 1980s. a mistrial was declared and he was later acquitted. in 2002, he pleaded guilty to animal neglect charges. now to florida where a mom says her teenage son was being bullied, so she walked into his bus stop and took matters into her own hands. watch this. she actually confronted the bully. they argued and she ended up
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hitting him. you can see the whole scuffle here on the bus surveillance camera. and here's what she said afterward. >> words kept going back and forth. he called out my name and i smushed him in his face. that's what they need. a good old fashioned whooping, and we're not able to do that because we end up in jail. >> she is a 35-year-old woman. the boy she went after is 17. his family says he is not a bully and she now faces charges of child abuse and trespassing on school property. what is a parent to do? that is the question. a mom was breast-feeding in an applebee's restaurant when she says a manager told her to do it in the bathroom or they would call the police. bob...
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welcome back. a mom was nursing her toddler in an applebee's restaurant when she says she was told to breast-feed in bathroom or get out. this happened near atlanta. dawn holland says she was in a booth breast-feeding her 20-month-old son when the manager asked her to do it in the bathroom. she argued that nursing in public is legal. and guess what. they called police. the officer decided not to file a report. applebee's says the whole thing was a misunderstanding and its priority is to provide a comfortable environment for everyone, including nursing
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moms. ever been to halifax, nova scotia? beautiful seacoast town. lots of history and charm. but it turns out halifax has too many cats. enter tuxedo stan, candidate for mayor. yes, he is running for office. and yes, he is a cat. and he's standing with all four paws firmly planted on a very worthy platform, in my opinion. stan is encouraging the good citizens of halifax to adopt a city-sponsored cat care program. and he's walking the walk, even on all fours, by raising money to help low income families spay or neuter their cats. i love that candidate. love him, love him, love him. we have much more ahead in the next hour of "cnn saturday morning." but first, the ancient mayans predicted the world will end this year, and they have the perfect place for you to take in the show. rob marciano takes us to the heart of their empire in this weekend's "on the go."
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>> reporter: the ruins are one of the wonders of the world, and they can be found on mexico's yucatan peninsula. they're only a few hours drive from cancun. >> it's best to go early in the morn sog you can depart from cancun. if you are traveling independently, that will give you more flexibility. >> the most iconic structure is this temple, which was positioned to line up with the movements of the sun. >> one of best times to visit is during the fall and spring equinox because the son hits the pyramid in such a way that it gives the illusion of a moving serpent on the staircase of the pyramids. >> the temple has 365 steps, one for each day of the year, and if you believe the mayan calendar is ending this december, the
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